It's been a rough few weeks for me.
- My oldest son's anxiety
- Finding a tick embedded in my youngest son's head while in church
- Dealing with horrible fatigue supposedly from detox symptoms.
As a result, I've been taking a bit of a blogging break.
I have a lot to catch up on due to the “diversions”, but I must say that I read about this raw milk mess this morning in this post on food freedom at Homestead Host and felt I just had to share it with you all.
Our government is at it again. What's it doing this time?
Outlawing raw milk.
So–you mean that you could actually go to jail for being part of a cow share?
Looks that way to me.
The way that I read this law, it would be illegal for residents in the state of Wyoming to:
- Offer raw milk as part of a cow share
- Receive raw milk as part of a cow share
What is a Cow Share?
Why Would Anyone Want to Drink Raw Milk?
“Eeew!” you say? Well, here's why:
- when milk is pasteurized, the heat destroys the enzymes in the milk.
- So, raw foodies love raw things because enzymes help to digest the food. They consider cooked food to be dead.
- Lactase is the enzyme in raw milk that aids in the digestion of lactose, which is milk sugar.
- Lactose intolerant folks like raw milk because they can often drink it without having the horrible digestive upset that they get when drinking pasteurized milk. (My husband, for example, is severely lactose intolerant. He hasn't drunk pasteurized milk for YEARS as a result. However, he can drink raw milk with absolutely no problems.)
Is It Going to Be Illegal to Buy or Sell Raw Milk?
It appears that the State of Wyoming does not think its citizens should be allowed to be part of a cow share any longer.
Section 8. Fluid Milk and Milk Products
(a) Fluid milk and milk products shall be obtained from sources that comply
with Grade A standards as specified in the United States Public Health Service/FDA
Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, as amended.
(b) Fluid and dry milk and milk products complying with Grade A standards
as specified in United States Public Health Service/FDA Grade A Pasteurized Milk
Ordinance, as amended, shall be obtained pasteurized.
(g) Unpasteurized milk and products made from unpasteurized milk (except
cheese qualifying under subsection (d)) may not be sold, delivered, served, or provided for
(i) This subsection does not apply to individuals who obtain milk from
animals solely owned by them, members of their family, or their employer and who
furnish raw milk or products made from raw milk only to members of their family or nonpaying guests.
Troubling to me also is the verbage pertaining to the prohibition of raw cheese:
(d) Cheese shall be obtained pasteurized unless alternative procedures to
pasteurization are specified in the CFR, such as 21 CFR 133 – Cheeses and Related
Cheese Products, for curing certain cheese varieties.
But I Don't Live in Wyoming.
Neither do I. However, this should be of concern to you. Once one state sees that it can get away with this kind of nonsensical grab for control, other states will more likely follow suit.
But I Don't Drink Raw Milk. What Does This Have to Do With Me?
Neither do I. Though we do have raw cheese sometimes in our household. Our family is not part of a cow share since my son has a life threatening allergy to dairy and right now it would just add a little too much stress to our household.
But I do care about food freedom and I am very upset about government infringing on the rights of citizens.
Also, according to Millie in her post on Homestead Host, the Wyoming State Government is also trying to regulate the selling of salad greens and eggs at farmers markets. She states that the state is trying to make purveyors of greens have the greens washed in certified kitchens which would make the cost prohibitive for small farmers.
Here is link to the proposed regulations. I couldn't find the proposed salad greens wording, but will continue to look. I wanted to get this post out while there is still time to act.
What can you do about this?
1. Take Action! Click here to sign a petition!
2. Submit comments. Must be in writing (not email or fax). They must be received by next Wednesday (5/23). Therefore, you will have to overnight letters to Cheyenne. Please ask that the word “soley” be removed and/or the entire (i) section be removed. Written comments or request for a public hearing can be addressed to: Wyoming Department of Agriculture, 2219 Carey Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82002.
3. Request a public hearing–again, email or fax may be ignored, so you should send an overnight letter with confirmation sent to the above address. A public hearing will be held if requested by 25 persons, a governmental subdivision or by an association having not less than 25 members.
4. Call, write, email the Governor’s office and state legislators – request that the Wyoming State Administration stop making rules and regulations without being legislated upon. State that the proposed rule is not needed and is over-regulation. Contact Governor Mead here. Find Wyoming Senators and House Members and contact them.
5. Write letters to editors of local Wyoming papers, call in to local Wyoming radio shows, etc. I think writing to any newspaper or calling any radio show is a great idea as well. Post and share on facebook and other social media sites, ask your friends, family, farms and ranches to get involved.
Fed up with our Government's Over-involvement in our lives? Here's where you can read more:
- FDA Poised to Ban Supplements
- S.W.A.T. Team Raids Raw Milk Farm
- FDA Says, “Don't Take Probiotics. Try Arsenic Instead?!”
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